Grill master, funny guy, history buff or outdoorsmen – whatever title your dad may hold in your family, we can all agree he works hard and deserves some time to play harder. Celebrate your dad this Father’s Day or the next time you’re visiting the Outer Banks by taking him to these Top 10 OBX Spots for Dad. Skip the annual tie and sock gifts this year and give dad something he’ll really love, fun memories with his kids on the OBX.

Oregon Inlet Fishing Centeroregon inletWhether you book an off-shore fishing trip for dad or just want to check out the OBX fishing scene, Oregon Inlet Fishing Center in Nags Head is the place to be. This spot has the largest charter fishing fleet on the eastern seaboard and has over 30 charter boats that are available for fishing trips. If you’re just curious to see what was caught that day, stop by between 4 pm – 5 pm as the boats are heading in for the day.  You can also treat dad to some fishing and outdoor gear at the on-site store.

Kilmarlic Golf Club kilmarlic_golfDad will love teeing off on the challenging and scenic golf course at Kilmarlic. A leisurely day of golf alongside the maritime forest and coastal wetlands is sure to keep your dad smiling, especially if he’s winning. Many of our vacation rental homes are K-Club Members, so you can enjoy preferred tee times and discounted rates at Kilmarlic.

Outer Banks Distilling obx distillingLet dad unleash his inner pirate with a Kill Devil Rum Distillery Tour. Located in downtown Manteo, take a tour around the historic building and learn more about the rum making process for just $5. Tours run Tuesday – Saturday at 1 pm & 3 pm. Photo via Outer Banks Distilling’s Facebook Page

Buggin’ Out Dune Buggy Rentals dune buggyCruise around the OBX with the top down in a classic Dune Buggy from Bugging Out Rentals with dad. Scenic drives down the beach road, over the Bonner Bridge or a ferry ride to Ocracoke are even better with the wind in your hair, even if dad doesn’t have any. 2 and 4 seater buggys are available to rent for the day, for a 2 hour ride or a 3 hour sunset session. Off-road beach cruises are also available on Carova Beach. Photo via

Historic Tour around Roanoke IslandElizabeth II Nov 2010-23If your dad is an American history buff, he’ll be thrilled to travel around Roanoke Island and learn more about the first settlers and their time spent in modern day Manteo. See a replica of the 60 ft Elizabeth II sailing ship, explore the Roanoke Island Adventure Museum and Settlement Site, visit the N.C. Maritime Museum and Roanoke Island Lighthouse. There are lots of shops and dining locations nearby to take a break before hitting up the next historic site.

Outer Banks Fishing Boat Rentalsboats_waterfront_boat slips_editIf dad prefers to be his own captain, consider renting a boat to cruise around on the sound. Pontoon, power and sail boats are available to rent from 2-7 days. Cast a line, reminisce about past fishing trips and enjoy some time well spent enjoying the beautiful coastal views.

JK’s Restaurant  jksIf your dad is a meat connoisseur, he will be more than satisfied with a dinner at JK’s. Steaks, seafood, chicken, great appetizers and a wonderful drink menu make for an awesome place to dine with dad.

Stunt Kite Flying on Jockey’s Ridge _DSC5660 Let dad show off his stunt kite flying tricks on Jockey’s Ridge. These heavy duty trick kites are tons of fun. Pick up your kite and some tips from the staff at Kitty Hawk Kites and head across the street to Jockey’s Ridge for a fun day of flying.

Daredevils Baseball Game  daredevilsHot dogs, snow cones and baseball make for a fun summer activity that dad will love. Watch some of the best collegiate baseball players compete with other teams from the Tidewater Summer League on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights throughout the summer. The first pitch is thrown at 7:05 pm. Gates open at 6:00 pm so you can get the best seat in the house and grab a delicious bite to eat from local vendors. Photo credit: Richard L Miller Photography 

Comedy Club in Kill Devil Hillsobx comedy clubShare a laugh with dad and enjoy an entertaining evening at The Outer Banks Comedy Club at the Ramada and in Kill Devil Hills. Many award winning stand-up comedians make their way to the Outer Banks throughout the year for laugh out loud fun for ages 16 & up.

If not too late to plan a surprise getaway for dad this Father’s Day. Many vacation homes are offering incredibly affordable rates from the upcoming week. Treat dad (while treating yourself) to a special OBX getaway.